A loan of $1,075 helped to buy farm supplies.

Silvia Margoth's story

Silvia, 32, is single and has three children: Richard, 17, Pablo, 13 and Mayte, 9. Despite obstacles and the lack of economic resources they’ve been able to get ahead and Silvia hopes to give her children the education she did not have the opportunity to complete for she was only able to go to elementary school.

Silvia lives with her children in El Pacto, a parish in Quito Canton, located in Pichincha Province in the Republic of Ecuador. Pacto is located in the northwest of Quito Metropolitan District. Its history started in the Pre-Inca era and its name comes from pacts reached between important political parties. As to its economy, it’s an agricultural and animal husbandry zone and due to its climate and geography its crops are from both the coastal and the mountain regions. Its residents live day to day from these activities and although it’s far from the city there are families that have started all types of activities to cover their and their community’s needs.

Silvia has been growing sugarcane for 13 years. She works ten-hours per day in this activity caring for, watering and harvesting the crops. She learned this activity from her mother and then with the experience she acquired. Silvia is an enterprising woman who is motivated to continue forward by her own devices, for her children and for her family. She does the work with help from her sister and also with her children’s help.

Silvia hopes to prepare herself to better manage her business and expects to increase her income with higher crop yields and hopes too for supplies to provide adequate care to her existing crops so as to not have any losses.

Fundación Alternativa has provided this tenacious woman with a loan to buy seeds and the necessary supplies to start this step towards expanding her business and thus improving her and her family’s quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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